Monday, 14 June 2021

Perfectly CAS June

The middle of the month means its time for a new challenge over at Perfectly Cas.This is my last card for it as a design team member, as explained in my HLS posts.

This month we want you to use just one corner and remember that you must only use one third of the card as well to keep it Perfectly Cas.

I used a Simon Says Stamp die and coloured it with Copics. I also used one of my last hemp card blanks which are no longer available from Craft Creations. Such a pity as I really did like them.
Do go and have a look at all the fabulous makes from the rest of the DT.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

HLS Stencil June

And now it's time for the fourth Happy Little Stampers challenge for June - Stencils. As I'm sure you will have realised by now this is my last DT card for the challenge. It is as ever Anything Goes.


I used a Clarity stencil which is definitely one of my many NBUS items. I sponged over it with Distress Inks. I added two bees from a freebie set of stamps. 

The sentiment is stamped on a strip of inked card that was trimmed off the stencilled piece. Lots of inspiration on the challenge blog so do head over there and have a look.

Friday, 4 June 2021

HLS Christmas June

Welcome to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge. As I said in my previous post this will be my last  DT card for the challenge.


Normally I would have gone with the  optional twist but I couldn't find anything in my stash with tinsel. So instead I used a new Simon Says stamp and die set and a new Paper Rose die for the sentiment.

The sentiment and red layer are red glitter paper, and red stickles were added to the baubles.
There's a whole heap of lovely inspiration on the challenge blog.I’m also sharing at NBUS challenge.

Monday, 31 May 2021

HLS Watercolour June

It's the first of the month (well it is in Australia!) so it's time for the first of the monthly challenges at Happy Little Stampers. Sadly this will be my last DT make as I made the decision to step down when I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia in March. I need to keep the stress levels down. But I'm hoping to join ib from time to time.

  As always it is Anything Goes but must include watercolouring.


 I used a Penny Black stamp which I love and did some no line watercoloring. I used White Knights watercolours.

Do pop over to the challenge blog where you will find lots of inspiration from the rest of the DT and I hope to see you joining in.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Rudolph Day - May

I'm not sure where the month has gone but it's time for Rudolph Day again! Normally I have a card made well in advance but not this month!  I  have used a NBUS Woodware stamp that I won in the mega Christmas Draw at Pixies Crafty Playground. Thank you Di.

I stamped the image in  black and heat embossed it on  watercolour card as I have a lot of offcuts lying around from my painting classes. I coloured it with Derwent Graphitint watercolours, then added a slimline scalloped frame from Simon Says Stamp ( another snippet and NBUS) so I'm also sharing this at Pixies Playground and the NBUS challenge.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Perfectly Cas May

My goodness it's the middle of the month already so time for the new challenge at Perfectly Cas.


 This month we want to see repeat stamping, but remember to only use one third of the crd so that there is lots of white space.

I used some fairly old peg stamps from Cardio to stamp a floral panel across the card.

The sentiment is a Clarity stamp one. 
There's lots of lovely makes on the challenge blog from my fellow DT memebers.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

HLS Stencil May

It's time now for the HLS stencil challenge for May. 
 As always it is Anything Goes which gives you plenty of scope. I  have to say I always find ATG hard as I have to think up a theme for myself. This time I drew inspiration from a small canvas hich I made a number of years ago and is on my craft room wall. So I dug out the Clarity stencil I had used and a Lavinia Stamps one for the background.
I brushed the background with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink then used gold embossing paste through the Clarity Stencil. It had to be gold as my others had dried up through old age! No sentiment until I know what I'm going to use it for.
Do check out the rest of the DT makes and hope to see you in the gallery.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

HLS Christmas May

Welcome to the third HLS challenge for May and this time it's Christmas. It's the perfect opportunity to get ahead with those Christmas cards and avoid the rush later in the year.


 I have gone with the optional theme as I usually do - Mistletoe. The stamp is a magazine freebie from last Christmas which was still in it's packaging.

I stamped and heat embossed in gold three times on black cardstock. The leaves and berries are painted with my neglected H2Os. The sentiment in gold card was cut with a Paper Rose die - another NBUS item. Then I liberally added some gold splatters and mounted it onto a green card base.

I do hope you'll join in with us, but if you need more inspiration, check out the challenge blog. I’m also sharing this with Cas Christmas Card Challenge.

Friday, 30 April 2021

HLS Watercolour May

It's the start of May in Australia, although not quite here yet! So that means it's time for the new HLS Wateercolour Challenge.

As always it is Anything Goes. I decided to use a Simon Says Stamp image that I hadn't used before, and chose a pastel colour palette. I smooshed the background with Speckled Egg and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.,then fussy cut the image.

I added it to a card blank with an aperture to frame it nicely.
Do check out the rest of the DT makes and I hope to see you joining in.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Rudolph Day April

Rudolph Day is here again! I’m sure it comes round faster each month!  I was going through some of my old magazines and came across a Joanna Sheen one with Thomas Kinkade images, so decided it was time to use at least one of them.
My design is very loosely based on one in the magazine. The image is decoupaged and fits inside the embossed frame that also came with the magazine. I mounted this onto some very old Kanban card and placed it at a jaunty angle. Some sequins and a peel off sentiment finished the card. I’m afraid I’m a bit behind with commenting. I bought a new iPad and list access to Bloglovin for a couple of days until I managed to get it sorted.


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